Tanya and Rahim Mehndi and Pakistani Wedding

July 16th, 2014

Our young and lovely couple booked us for their wedding about a year ago as they were planning to hold it in August of 2014.  Along the way they both decided the wait was too long and moved the date to December of last year.   Since they had signed the contract with Four Seasons Westlake for August 2014, it was a matter of approaching the hotel to find out if the new date after Christmas was indeed available.  As luck would have it, the hotel was more than happy to accommodate their wish to get married at their preferred date.   Once the new date was established, Nikki and Madiha went to work full force. The bride had a vision about her mehndi party and wedding ceremony.  For the mehndi she wanted something simple and elegant infused with color and ethnic in nature.

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After a night filled with fun and festivities bride and her family checked in the hotel late Friday night.

Tanya, our bride, wanted her ceremony to have a deep red color and for the reception she described red, black, and white.  Nikki knew the carpet in the room would really fight the décor so presented the idea to the parents to carpet and drape the room (which will be revealed in next week’s blog).

The ceremony setup could not start on the waterfall lawn due to an event at Hamptons Restaurant that was going to conclude at 1:00 p.m.  Our team was on standby and luckily had finished the lighting on the lawn the night before.  At 1:00 p.m., our rental team moved in and set the stage for the ceremony and the harpist.  Members of the floral team moved in from the ballroom to the lawn to set up the stage and aisle and by 3:30 p.m., we were ready to greet the guests with 4:00 p.m. call time.

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Guests were served hot chocolate and tea upon arrival, which was the perfect beverage for that time of the year.  It was so nice to see the bridal party and families enjoying themselves immensely taking photos and moseying around before everyone was seated.

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Ceremony started sharp at 4:30 pm with young kids bearing signs of ceremony and ring bearer walked down the aisle.

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The bride was a vision walking down the steps with her father and the non-denominational ceremony was quick and meaningful.

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Bridal Entrance | Exquisite Events FS Westlake

After the ceremony, guests were escorted to the foyer to enjoy cocktails while the couple and close family members took photos.  A trio was playing beautiful music and food stations were set up along with tray passed hors d’oeuvres.

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Thank you to the Four Seasons Westlake Village and Global Photography!

Come back next week to read about their stunning Wedding Reception!

Have an Exquisite Day and see you next Wednesday. 

Persian and Pakistani Wedding at the Millenium Biltmore

July 9th, 2014

After the henna event, Madiha and Nikki headed for the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in LA at 2 a.m., rested a little and because the client had booked all four ballrooms, the event install began at 6 a.m. sharp. After catching about two hours of sleep, Nikki and Madiha were downstairs with Madiha overseeing setup in the Gold and Emerald Ballrooms and Nikki at Crystal and Tiffany which were to be revealed at the end of night for desserts and cappuccino. Guests were expected at 3:30 p.m. for Sofreh (Persian Wedding Ceremony) in the Gold Room which was designed to have soft colors with gold overtones. Our goal was to be finished preparing these two rooms by 1 p.m., so we had several teams such as lighting, rentals, and florists all working side by side.

Guests were going to be treated to Persian Tea and cookies upon arrival with a lady attendant wearing authentic attire. We created a stage for the traditional tea station. Gold chivaris were set in a semi circle fashion with an ivory custom runner going through the middle. Huge flowers in the existing urns embellished the beginning of the aisle. The Sofreh stage looked beautiful and with soft amber lighting and a harpist playing, the room looked elegant.

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Wedding Ceremony Stage

Our beautiful bride was dressed in a stunning custom white gown per Persian tradition and looked radiant.

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The handsome groom was fitted in custom Tom Ford and the couple had their first look before the ceremony as the groom was lead outside with his brothers to see his lovely bride.

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Bride and Groom First Look

The ceremony started at 4 p.m. sharp and when the bride walked down the aisle with her father, all eyes were on her. She also surprised her in-laws by saying something in Urdu, Pakistan’s native tongue, that she had learned from Nikki.

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Guests moved to the Emerald Room after the ceremony and the room was fittingly decorated in emerald green linens. The showstopper was a custom 90” round table bearing vintage lace linen from Wildflower with hand sewn pearls bearing escort cards. The table had a stunning centerpiece in deep reds in an urn that sat atop a pedestal. There was a music trio playing on a small riser and bars were set along the back wall to create a nice flow for the guests. Guests were treated to tray passed hors d’oeuvres and fruit and cheese stations and spent a little over an hour in the Emerald Room.

 

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Our inspiration for the Crystal room was soft blush color palette and decadence. With linens in vintage lace and charmeuse underlays and chair covers in three different styles and flowers in soft blushes, ivory, gold and champagne, it looked spectacular.

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We also had two large king tables seating 34 guests for Bride’s and Groom’s families that were dressed to the nines with place cards and special names that bride had assigned to these tables and the sweetheart table.

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The last thing was the hotel placing all the rented china, chargers, stemware and flatware and the tables were a vision. The client had also provided custom gold fabric boxes with special tea for the favors which completed the tables.

Custom Gold Gift Box

Our couple wanted to name each table with Love names and the table names, menus and escort cards were a piece of art. The biggest joy in the room for Nikki was to create a stage for the couple. She designed the large stage with three oversized mirrors in gold frame and hung chandeliers on shepherds hooks. On either side of stage were two very large urns overflowing with flowers. Custom linens were created for both the sweetheart table and cake table, which sat on the stage. The stage was also dressed with a large sofa in blush, two side chairs and vintage glass coffee end tables bearing beautiful flowers. The bride had chosen her table name to be “ Ishq,” which in Arabic script means passion.

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Bride Groom Sweetheart Table Stage

Our absolute deadline was to have the Crystal ballroom finished by 4 p.m. as the families wanted to take photos on the stage and also see the ballroom before any of the guests. We were able to have it all done just in time for them to stop by for photos as well as the couple taking several shots on the stage.

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At 7 p.m., Exquisite Events team was ready to greet the guests and guide them to their seats at the ballroom entrance. Ballroom dancers were on the dance floor ready to start performing at 7 pm. The band was staged on the upper balcony and the vibe was classic Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Miles Davis for the music. Both a Persian and an Indian DJ were hired to pay homage to both the cultures staged on the opposite balcony from the band. Guests were enthralled with the sound of the band and the beautiful ballroom dancers as they took their seats. The couple made their entrance and went straight to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife to a Persian song that the bride had chosen.

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After the first dance and cake cutting, the couple made a discreet exit to change into full Pakistani attire.

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In the meantime, guests dined on a scrumptious four course meal with ballroom dancers entertaining them in different styles. Both the fathers also made welcome toasts and speeches. After about an hour, the couple made a royal entrance along with family members and dhol players. It truly made for a spectacular sight! This time the bride and groom looked like royalty with the bride wearing a custom creation by a famous Pakistani designer and the groom dressed in a custom Sherwan, shoes and head piece. When the procession walked in, guests were speechless and then got into the mood and amidst thunderous applause, couple was escorted on the stage.

During this time, Nikki was working in the adjoining room for reveal at 10 p.m. The room was dressed in Tiffany blue with the focal point being a decadent fruit and nut station on a 90” round table which sat underneath a cabana. When guests walked in, they were treated to fresh donuts, mini pastries, a candy bar and wedding cake along with cappuccino and espressos.

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Bride and Family Dancing

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The night ended at 1 a.m. as parting guests remembered what a magical event they had witnessed and been a part of.

Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

A Mehndi to Remember at the Ebell Club Los Angeles

July 2nd, 2014

This was one of our favorite events!  The mother of the groom is a dear friend of Nikki’s and when she called her to give her the good news of her son’s engagement, Nikki was overjoyed at the prospect of working with her.  Another exciting component of the wedding was that the bride was from Iran and the groom from Pakistan.  Since the families wanted to honor both of their traditions, it was a very involved and exciting event.  The mehndi event is a huge pre wedding event in Pakistan and the groom’s mother wanted to host that event in the true tradition of inviting about 500 family and friends to this colorful and festive evening. More than 100 guests flew from all parts of the world to attend the multi day festivities.  Because the mehndi is not done in Persian culture, it was another reason to treat the bride’s family to a typical mehndi event from Pakistan.

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The mehndi was held at the stunning Ebell Club of Los Angeles, which was built for, and still is, the home of the Ebell Club, a social and philanthropic women’s club founded in the late 1880s. The clubhouse was built in 1927 by the women of The Ebell, and remains their beautiful home to this day and is also used as a venue for many weddings and social events.  Our decor inspiration was to really create a fun and festive environment for the couple, families and friends.  The building was lit up beautifully…

Wilshire Ebell Theater Mehndi Party by Exquisite Events

… and as guests climbed up the red carpeted stairs they enjoyed tray passed hors devours and cocktails in the lounge which was set up with mehndi artists and all red furniture.

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Mehndi Lounge Ebell Theater

Mehndi Party Lounge Ebell Theater

Guests were also entertained by beautiful belly dancers that did free style dancing and got the guests involved, creating a magical ambiance.

Ebell Mehndi Party Belly Dancers

The groom’s  family came up the stairs carrying decorated mehndi trays of fruit and sweets.  They then performed a traditional dance for the guests.  Guests were then escorted to the Dining Room where all the entertainment would take place.  On the way, they were also treated with favors which consisted of handmade jewelry boxes wrapped in jewel tone fabrics as well as lovely glass bangles.

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Gift boxes for guests at the Mehndi party

The room was decorated  with Antique Indian Furniture, rugs, lanterns and vibrant flowers.

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Ebell Mehndi Party

The groom made his entrance in a traditional Kurta Pajama outfit accompanied by his family and belly dancers followed by the bride’s entrance in a traditional Doli that was decorated with fresh flowers amidst the sounds of Dhol players.

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Dohl and Dancing Ebell Mehndi Party

The bride also wore a lovely outfit in green and orange and fresh flower custom jewelry. What a spectacular sight!  The bride descended the Doli amidst applause, thunderous music and dancing.  The couple was escorted to the stage where both the families performed some customs.

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Couple's Stage Ebell Mehndi Party

The Couple's Stage Ebell Mehndi Party

The night consisted of several choreographed dance sets, video clippings, short speeches and lots of dancing. Guests were also treated to a decadent dinner buffet under tents in the Art Salon.  Youngsters also enjoyed the Hookah Lounge where beautiful middle eastern music was playing and additional henna artists were applying henna.  The night ended at 2:00 a.m. on a very high note!

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Ebell Mehndi Party

Ebell Mehndi Party

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Dance Floor Ebell Mendhi Party

Stay tuned for the wedding day which honored traditions from Iran and Pakistan!

Bride and Groom | Ebell Mehndi Party

A Special Thanks to our Vendors:
Photographer: John Solano Photography
Venue: Ebell Theater
Flowers: Hidden Garden Flowers
Rentals: Luna Party Rentals
Decor: Mosaik

Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

Harper’s Bazaar Bride Magazine

June 25th, 2014

The May issue of Harper’s Bazaar Bride Magazine featured a lovely Indian wedding that we coordinated with Hidden Garden Flowers and Lin & Jirsa Photography at the Bel Air Bay Club. See the following magazine pages and pictures from the Exquisite Event.

Harper's Bazaar Bride Magazine May 2014 Cover

Mandap at Bel Air Bay Club WeddingPhoto #1 is an image of the mandap done by Hidden Garden at the Bel Air Bay Club

Ceremony Mandap at the Bel Air Bay ClubPhoto #3 is an image of the mandap done by Hidden Garden at the Bel Air Bay Club

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Bel Air Bay Club Exquisite Events Wedding

Bel Air Bay Club Exquisite Events Wedding

Bel Air Bay Club Exquisite Events Wedding

Thanks for reading!

Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

An Exquisite Sangeet

June 18th, 2014

On this week’s blog, we want to share with you the inspiration and fine details that go into putting together an Exquisite Event. This video shows Nikki and team’s sensational work on a Sangeet. Check back next week for photos from this amazing evening!

Videography – Robles Video

Have an Exquisite day and see you next Wednesday!

“The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.”

June 11th, 2014

I have a client that was looking to book a non-hotel venue in San Francisco for her wedding next year.  My good friend Gene Higa who had lived in San Francisco and was very familiar with the city offered to accompany me and set up a few appointments.  Since he was already going to be in the city for a wedding he was shooting, I coordinated with him and decided to drive up the coastline with my husband.  As much as I dislike driving, I find the drive up north very soothing and relaxing.

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We left the house on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and were in San Jose at 2:30 p.m.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and very pleasant and due to traveling on a weekday, there was no traffic.  I had a couple of appointments in San Jose and after the meetings, we headed to the city. I have always loved San Francisco and the city inspires me tremendously.  It is so nice to see people walking, restaurants packed and hustle bustle in the city.  We found Mark Twain’s quote about the weather in the city to be befitting his quote, “The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.”

After freshening up, we decided to get a recommendation from the concierge about a nice restaurant and he suggested Farallon, which was only a block away.  The food, service, ambiance was superb and the freshest of organic ingredients are used and menu is changed every day.  After a decadent start of the meal of lobster with avocado aioli sauce, lemon aioli sauce and a delicious salsa.  The entree consisted of the most delicious sole for me paired with fresh vegetables in a earthy broth and ended with delicious coffee. Since the next day was packed with back to back appointments, we walked back to the hotel and called it a night.

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Thursday, my first appointment was at Blu Bungalow with Hazel.  I met with Gene and his wife Braja at the venue at 10:30 am.  Hazel is an amazingly warm person who is more than willing to share her thoughts and ideas.  The meeting was very productive and I left her place feeling like I could really trust her and partner with her in any future collaborations.

Our next appointment was at 1 p.m. at Legion of Honor.  As soon as we got there, I was transported back to the “palais de la legion d’honneur” on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.  I have always loved that building and make it a point to visit when I am in Paris.  The California building is a 3/4 scale scale replica and was built in 1924.  The day was chilly and clear and you could see the Golden Gate Bridge. The venue sits amidst grown trees with lush flora and fauna. It is a perfect and beautiful venue for  for a baraat, ceremony and reception.  We were shown around the space, which has unlimited potential for holding unique events.

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Our next appointment was at the City Hall of San Francisco.  What an amazing building with such personality and beauty!  We got a thorough tour of the space and discussed all the logistics of running an exquisite event in the venue.

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This was followed by the Asian Art Museum,

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Academy of Sciences,

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and the last stop was De Young museum.

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I enjoyed visiting and meeting with all the representatives of these gorgeous venues. Thank you gene and Braja for taking the time out of your busy schedule to accompany me and taking these beautiful photographs.  I truly got to see the city from your eyes, Gene.  Thank you Hazel for the wealth of knowledge about the city you shared with me so readily. I enjoyed each and every minute of my time spent with you and look forward to many more times together in your lovely city.

-Nikki

 

Photo credit: Gene Higa Photography

 

Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

Las Vegas Wedding Reception

June 4th, 2014

The reception was held in the same ballroom as the mehndi the night before. We were going to have the cocktail hour on the same patio located right outside the ballroom but it happened to be 25 + mile/hour winds (the pool chairs were blowing into the pool!) so we had to move to plan b and have the cocktail hour in the ballroom foyer which worked out great…and guests weren’t blowing away. Our inspiration for the reception was the 2014 Pantone color, Radiant Orchid. We used a range of purples in the radiant orchid hue and antique golds and silvers. A picture is worth a thousand words… check out the images from this beautiful event! Day2 0786Day2 0798 Day2 0945 Day2 1080 Day2 0797 Day2 0796 Day2 0792 Day2 0788 Day2 0789 Day2 0791 Day2 0787 Day2 0786 Day2 0784 Day2 0778 Day2 0780 Day2 0782 Day2 0777 Day2 0776 Day2 0832

Photography: Heather Kowalski

Hope you enjoyed our Vegas wedding and see you next week! Have an Exquisite day!

Destination Las Vegas Part 2: Ceremony

May 28th, 2014

Hi Everyone, This week I am sharing the pictures of the ceremony that we did on the Golf Course Lawn at the Wynn Hotel.  There is a gorgeous waterfall on the golf course that we used as our backdrop so we knew we wanted to keep the mandap open for the view.  We used oranges and fuschias since I thought that would look really pretty against the pristine green lawn and clear blue skies that Vegas has in the early summer months.

Exquisite Events wedding at Wynn Hotel

We also figured that since it was early May and typically, in our and the hotel’s experience, Vegas does not start heating up to uncomfortable temps until mid-to-late May, we would not need any shade over the guests…we were wrong.

The week prior, the weather was projected to be great, in the 80s. I looked again the week of the wedding and it said 100 for the ceremony day!!  The rental companies were quoting an astronomical amount for shading and said they would not be able to get the colors in time. Now what? The next best solution would be to find parasols for the guests so we called Pier 1 and Cost Plus who both combined had about 5 parasols-we needed 100. On a whim, I asked the hotel if there was a Chinatown in Vegas. In my 25+ years of going to Vegas, I had no idea that in fact there was a quite large Chinatown located right off the strip! We took a 10 min cab ride crossing our fingers in hopes to find the coveted umbrellas and after about an hour of going shop to shop, we finally came across a vendor who was able to collect 50 parasols in our colors and 50 hand fans- SUCCESS! If you are a planner, you know that you have to come up with a Plan B, C and D sometimes and that is what is so challenging and exciting about doing what we do!

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Exquisite Events ceremony at Wynn Hotel

Exquisite Events ceremony at Wynn Hotel golf course

Exquisite Events orange and fuschia ceremony at Wynn Hotel

Floral elephant at Exquisite Events wedding ceremony

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Exquisite Events Las Vegas ceremony elephant

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Exquisite Events destination wedding baraat

Exquisite Events Las Vegas Ceremony

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Exquisite Events Las Vegas Wedding

Exquisite Events Las Vegas Wedding

Be sure to check back next week to read about the Grand Finale of the Las Vegas Destination Wedding!

Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

We are featured in Genlux Magazine!

May 22nd, 2014

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Thank you for the feature Genlux!

Destination Las Vegas Part 1: Mehndi

May 21st, 2014

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of doing a destination wedding at the beautiful Wynn Hotel and Casino. If you have been to Vegas and have not yet stopped to see the Wynn and its sister property Encore, I highly recommend you do so! The attention to detail is beyond words from the chandeliers to the drapery to the stunning flowers that are done in house. It does make a difference that Steve Wynn himself lives on the property and walks the floors almost everyday to make sure everything is up to his very high standards. He truly brought class back to Vegas with these 2 properties.

We were so excited that our clients chose Wynn Las Vegas for their wedding because there are so many gorgeous spots on the property, namely the Golf Course Lawn where the ceremony was held. It has stunning views of the grounds with a gorgeous cascading waterfall that is so picturesque which happened to be the backdrop for the ceremony.

The mehndi and reception were both held at the Encore in the Brahms ballroom which has a gorgeous private patio that overlooks the pools.

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Preston Bailey designed these gorgeous floral structures for the hotel that have over 100k flowers!

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Fresh peony flowers by a slot machine-only at the Wynn Hotel!

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Mehndi Night

We designed the room to have 4 Pergola tents in each corner that would house the food stations and the mehndi artist. The dance floor would have moroccan furniture around it and the stage centerpiece would be a beautiful jhula decorated with fresh flowers that came from LA.  Our colors were fuschias, oranges, yellows and reds.

Set-up Day 1 at the Encore

Set-up Day 1 at the Encore

We wanted to create a very fluid environment with the food stations which included an action dosa station from MINT Bistro and a thai and slider station from the hotel-so delicious!

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Flowers were marigolds, mums, daisies, and roses

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Action dosa station

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Patio Bar Tent in fushia and turquoise

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Our gorgeous couple!

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The DJ got the entire room on the dance floor

Our lovely bride

Our lovely bride


Stay tuned for next week when I tell you about why we ended up in China town Las Vegas!

XO

Madiha

Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

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